Gabriele Tarquini

Born:
2nd March 1962 (Age 56)
Guilianova Lido, Abruzzo
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

World champion in karts and touring cars, Gabriele Tarquini was eventually overlooked by Formula 1.

Formula 3000

When Silverstone hosted the first race for the new Formula 3000 in 1985, Gabriele Tarquini was the least experienced driver in the field. Reigning 125cc World Karting Champion, he was the veteran of just eight Italian Formula 3 races. Driving Sanremo Racing’s number 13 March 85B-Cosworth, points in his first three races included third at Estoril. Two further fourth place finishes sealed an impressive sixth in the inaugural F3000 championship.

He drove Enzo Coloni’s similar car a year later when third (at the Osterreichring) was again his best result. Tarquini joined FIRST Racing for his final season in the category and scored podium finishes at Enna-Pergusa (third) and Imola (a career-best second) but seventh overall showed little progress.

Formula 1 with Osella, Coloni and AGS

Tarquini also made his Grand Prix debut in 1987 when his Osella FA1G-Alfa Romeo retired from the San Marino GP at Imola. A fulltime F1 driver in 1988 with Coloni, he finished eighth in Canada but he failed to qualify as often as he started during an uncompetitive campaign.

Without a ride for 1989, he was drafted in by AGS when Philippe Streiff was severely injured in pre-season testing. Tarquini’s early form was impressive – running sixth at Monaco before retiring and finishing in that position in Mexico. However, he failed to make it out of pre-qualifying during the second half of the season. He remained with the French minnows for the next two seasons but only qualified seven times.

Switch to Fondmetal and Tyrrell

He switched to Fondmetal by the end of 1991 and at least qualified for every race entered during 1992. However, he only finished once before the team closed its doors after the Italian GP. His final GP was at the Nürburgring in 1995 when deputising for Tyrrell-Yamaha’s injured Ukyo Katayama but by then he was already a touring car champion.

Touring car success

He started racing a BMW in the Italian Championship just as his F1 career was winding down in 1992. He joined Alfa Romeo a year later and was stationed in the British Touring Car Championship in 1994. His Alfa Romeo 155TS won the opening five races of the year and Tarquini survived a spectacular barrel-roll at Knockhill to win the BTCC title at the first attempt.

He joined Honda in 1997 before switching to the European series in 2001. A works Alfa Romeo driver once more, he won the 2003 European Touring Car Championship and finished third a year later.

World Touring Car Champion

A new World Championship for touring cars was introduced in 2005 and Tarquini has raced in the series ever since. He switched to SEAT in 2006 and has been a race winner each season. Runner-up behind team-mate Yvan Müller in 2008, he beat the Frenchman to the 2009 World Championship in the final round at Macau.

Müller defected to Chevrolet in 2010 and regained the title with Tarquini again finishing as runner-up behind the Frenchman. With Chevy now the dominant force in the WTCC, Tarquini remained the best-of-the-rest by finishing fifth in 2011 and fourth a year later.

Tarquini raced for Honda for three seasons from 2013 – finishing as a distant runner-up to Müller once again that first season. Not retained by Honda after his first winless WTCC campaign in 2015, he received a late offer from Lada for the following season. He won at Moscow Raceway and Losail although inconsistency prevented a sustained challenge in 2016.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2018 World Touring Car Cup
BRC Racing Team
8 (1) 1 3 3
38% win rate
118
2017 World Touring Car Championship
Honda Racing Team JAS
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2016 World Touring Car Championship
Lada Sport Rosneft
22 0 4 2
10% win rate
9th 147
2015 World Touring Car Championship
Honda Racing Team JAS
24 0 4 0
0% win rate
5th 197
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Castrol Honda WTC Team
21 (2) 2 5 1
5% win rate
6th 182
2013 World Touring Car Championship
Castrol Honda WTC Team
24 2 8 2
9% win rate
2nd 242
2012 World Touring Car Championship
Lukoil Racing
24 2 8 1
5% win rate
4th 252
2011 World Touring Car Championship
Sunred Engineering
24 1 6 1
5% win rate
5th 204
2010 World Touring Car Championship
SR-Sport
22 3 10 5
23% win rate
2nd 276
2009 World Touring Car Championship
Seat Sport Team
24 5 12 3
13% win rate
1st 127
2008 World Touring Car Championship
Seat Sport Team
24 0 6 3
13% win rate
2nd 88
2007 World Touring Car Championship
Seat Sport Team
22 1 3 1
5% win rate
8th 62
2006 World Touring Car Championship
Seat Sport Team
19 (1) 2 2 1
6% win rate
5th 57
2005 World Touring Car Championship
Autodelta
18 (2) 2 5 2
12% win rate
7th 55
2003 European Touring Car Championship 1st -
1996 International Touring Car Series
JAS Motorsport
20 (6) 0 2 1
5% win rate
14th 60
1995 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Schubel Engineering
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1995 F1 World Championship
Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1995 International Touring Car Series
Alfa Corse
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1994 Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship 1st -
1992 F1 World Championship
Fondmetal
13 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1991 F1 World Championship
Automobiles Gonfaronaise Sportive
Fondmetal
5 (11) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1990 F1 World Championship
Automobiles Gonfaronaise Sportive
4 (12) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1989 F1 World Championship
Automobiles Gonfaronaise Sportive
6 (9) 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 1
1988 F1 World Championship
Coloni Racing
8 (8) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 FIA International F3000 Championship
First Racing
11 0 2 0
0% win rate
8th 12
1987 World Touring Car Championship
Brixia Corse
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
30th 43
1987 F1 World Championship
Osella Squadra Corse
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1986 FIA International F3000 Championship
Coloni Racing
10 0 1 0
0% win rate
10th 7
1985 World Endurance Championship
Brun Motorsport
1 0 0 0 0
1985 FIA European F3000 Championship
Sanremo Racing
10 (1) 0 1 0
0% win rate
6th 14
1984 European F3 Championship
Gran Sasso Corse
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0